The eye is the window to the world. It is very important to take proper care of the eyes. Protect your eye sight with these six tips:
1. EAT FOR GOOD VISION: Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients such as OMEGA 3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E might help ward off age related vison problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Study shows that regular consumption of the following foods prompts good eye sight.
• Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards.
• Salmon. Tuna and other oily fish.
• Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources.
• Oranges and other citrus fruits.
Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes it less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
2. QUIT SMOKING: Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying. The more times you try to quit smoking the more likely you are to succeed.
3. WEAR SUNGLASSES: The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving. If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for more protection.
4. USE SAFETY EYE WEAR: If you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time. Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection to shield your eyes.
5. LOOK AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER SCREEN: Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause:
• Eye strain
• Blurry vision
• Trouble focusing at a distance
• Dry eyes
• Neck, back, and shoulder pain.
Taking the following steps will protect the eyes
• Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up to date and adequate for computer use.
• Position your computer so that your eyes are levelled with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
• Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
• Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20seconds. At least every 2hours, get up and take a 15 minutes break.
6. VISIT YOUR EYE DOCTOR REGULARLY: Everyone, even young children should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight.